Song written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Originally recorded by Elton John on his album 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'. The song was a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, who had died 1962, 11 years before the release of the song. Taupin said the song is about "the idea of fame or youth or somebody being cut short in the prime of their life. The song could have been about James Dean, it could have been about Montgomery Clift, it could have been about Jim Morrison... how we glamorize death, how we immortalize people."
Kate Bush recorded a cover version of this song for the B-side of her 1991 single Rocket Man (which was a cover of an Elton John song as well).
There are two versions of 'Candle In The Wind': the vocal version and the instrumental version.